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Dave’s Pawn Shop / All photos by author

Walk in the footsteps of the Hiphopopotamus and the Rhymenoceros.

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS — Kiwis Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement — are self-proclaimed “New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk-parody duo.” They ran a series for two seasons on HBO, which was filmed in New York. I love ‘em. And if you don’t, there’s something wrong with you. Seriously. You should get that checked out.

Speaking of checking things out, there’s this clip from their live act — a “gangster-folk crossover”:

The tour

As I said, the show was set in New York — they were trying to make it in the Big Apple — with locations split between Manhattan and Brooklyn. I can only vouch for the Manhattan locales as I didn’t make it to the Brooklyn ones. But if you’re a fan of the show, and if you’re in New York, I have no choice but to call this a “must-do.”

Bret and Jemaine’s apartment building

To be honest, there really isn’t anything mind-blowing to see. The “sets” are just regular-looking buildings. But nonetheless, it’s still exciting to snap a shot and stand where Bret and Jemaine performed their comedy genius. The whole tour should take you about 20 minutes. That’s about 19 minutes longer than their “New Zealand Town” bus tour.

1. Bret and Jemaine’s apartment

First, make your way to Manhattan’s Chinatown. Their apartment is smack dead in the middle of several nearby subway stations:

  • Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall (4,5,6 trains)
  • Canal Street (J,M,Z trains)
  • East Broadway (F train)
  • Grand Street (B,D trains)

Then find your way to 28 Henry Street. Stand on the sidewalk across the street and gawk in awe. You’re looking at the spot where their obsessive fan (and lone member of the fan club), Mel, stalked them, waiting to pounce as they left their flat.

2. New Zealand Consulate

About half a mile east at 232 East Broadway Street, you’ll find the rather nondescript building that doubled as the New Zealand consulate.

New Zealand consulate

You’ll recall this is where Bret and Jemaine’s band manager, Murray, worked as Deputy Cultural Attaché. It’s also where they held their band meetings and where you’d spot hilarious promotional posters for NZ with slogans like “New Zealand: It’s next to Australia” and “New Zealand: Ewe should come.”

3. Dave’s Pawn Shop

Right around the corner from the NZ consulate, at 10 Montgomery Street, is where you’ll see where Devjeet “Dave” Mohumbhai worked, in the family pawn shop, Mohumbhai & Son. It pretty much looks exactly like it did in the show, and they even have a small piece of paper on the window showing that, yes indeed, this is the place you’re looking for.

A – Bret & Jemaine’s apartment / B – NZ consulate / X – Dave’s Pawn Shop

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About The Author

Carlo Alcos

Carlo is the Dean of Education at MatadorU and a Managing Editor at Matador. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

  • Kathy

    Thanks for giving me a great laugh to start the day. Why are these guys so funny? Great example of how you really can’t explain comedy. When I’ve tried to describe them to people who haven’t seen them, I usually just give up after a couple of aborted attempts.

    • http://vagabonderz.com Carlo Alcos

      Yeah, I don’t know Kathy. I guess it’s the dryness, delivery, accents…and, of course, the key to any successful comedian (in my eyes) the ability to make fun of yourself! Plus they’re actually good musicians and singers.

  • Fc_Fan

    Great article! Love these guys.

  • oolung

    FOTC have been one of the loves of my life ever since I first heard about them… How can you not like them! :)

  • Judo

    Hey, we are kiwis heading for a Manhattan holiday in May. I realise we are staying just a block away from the FOTC tour area! So we’ll certainly be doing the tour. Thanks for informing us of it. And no tipping required. Being a printer, I’m wondering if the print shop is still there. It may get the bird.

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